As a church planter, I often get asked what our approach is for “doing” church. I get frustrated sometimes when people ask this, but here is my response:
“Doing” church is a term I have a difficult time with. If “doing church” means sitting together on a Sunday morning to go through the motions of singing, praying, and listening to a person preach for 15-30 minutes- then we’re not doing church at all.
1 Corinthians 3: 9-11 states that we are God’s building, and our foundation is Jesus (verse 11). A church is not a building. We are the church. Colossians 3:17 states that we are called to worship God in everything we do. We are not to save worship for a Sunday morning only. Our lives are supposed to be a living-and-daily worship.
With that being said, we are also instructed by Jesus to go out and make disciples.
The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20)
16 But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” NASB
Jesus is very specific on what He wants us to do. A traditional church service doesn’t allow for disciple making. Discipleship requires relationship building, intentional discussions, encouragement, teaching, and learning, all while building on the foundation of Jesus. We have to be intentional about this! We have to go and find others to disciple, hence Jesus’ word GO! This is the only way multiplication happens! Discipleship is essential to building the Kingdom of God and being the church.
I have nothing against public worship. I enjoy public worship, and I think it is important! But, when the focus becomes the public service and discipleship takes a backseat or is non-existent, there is a problem. In fact, I would even go as far to say that if there is no discipleship plan in the bricks and mortar church that you attend, then it is missing the purpose of what Jesus has instructed us to do. Discipleship always leads to public gatherings, but gatherings don’t always lead to discipleship.
God didn’t send us His Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for us or to keep that great news to ourselves. He sent His Son so that all may have the opportunity to receive Him as their personal Lord and Saviour. Keeping the Good News to ourselves by not seeking people to disciple is like, and I quote David Platt, “being in a desert and watching people die of thirst and you knowing where all the water is and not leading others to it.”
So, who are you discipling? Who’s discipling you? To what extent are you willing to go out and find those individuals God wants you to disciple? Be the church! Be a disciple. Disciple others. Sharing the good news about Jesus and obeying His commands are essential to building the Kingdom.
If there is no discipleship plan in your bricks and mortar church, help implement one. If you don’t know how to, then contact us. We’d love to help!
P.S.- Discipling and being a disciple is for everyone! No one is exempt!
From time to time, Rev D posts random thoughts about life as a Pastor and Servant of Christ. He has a unique perspective. Blog entries are posted randomly.